Tachigata Hiroichi's Danceable LIFE Vol.4
Being aware by teaching
Tategata Hiroichi (dancer / choreographer)
I have been teaching jazz dance at college for about three years. The motivation was that I made a guest appearance as Carabos in "Sleeping Beauty" by Momoko Tani Ballet. The stage of the classical ballet, which was a full-fledged piece that asked a former principal of the Russian Kirov Ballet to direct and choreograph, was a great learning experience.
From that connection, he asked me, "Would you like me to take a jazz dance class at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music?"
Actually, when I was in my 20s, I had been teaching for a short time at a culture center, but when it comes to university classes, the hurdles are high. I still wanted to dance while I was still active, so I thought there was no time. But we rarely get that opportunity. Dance can't be left as an entity like paintings and music, so I thought, "If that's good," if I could convey what I've learned so far to the younger generation, I accepted it.
The problem is "what to tell." I'm not an elite dancer, so it's not a technical example. I'm grateful for the challenge, but I think it's a good idea to try it out, but it's a courage to teach the students.
When I talked to an acquaintance who taught at university, I said, "I don't need to teach.All you have to do is show them dancing. " What is required is to show the attitude that he has faced with the dance, and it is up to the students to figure out how to understand and wear it. I was back at the word and started taking classes.
I started thinking that I would steal my self-expression through dance and how to express my presence by watching me dance, but it was three years since I noticed. I didn't have the experience of a teacher, and having a class while holding the stage was hard, so I thought I'd want to quit soon.
Apparently, I didn't hate teaching.
I don't think I'm being taught well, and sometimes I find it cumbersome. But I'm glad to see the students grow up step by step, and I feel delighted. I was surprised.
This spring, we'll have our first graduate. I look forward to seeing how they work hard in the outside world.
I don't know what will happen in the world as if I had to get off the stage due to an injury. No matter how much you hold up, you can't. I take everything positively and try to do as much as I can.
Photography cooperation: Don Giovanni
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